Megacity Vehicle will be launched within five years and won't take the BMW name
16 April 2010

BMW has confirmed it will market its forthcoming Megacity Vehicle under a new sub-brand within the next five years.

The lightweight electric city car, described as a “new vehicle for urban mobility”, will be built at the firm’s Leipzig plant, although whether BMW uses its Mini sub-brand or creates a new brand to market the car under remains unclear.

BMW has confirmed today that it will build a new carbonfibre plant with its partner SGL Automotive Carbon Fibers LLC in Moses Lake in the US. This $100million (£645m) will build carbonfibre-reinforced plastics (CFRP) for BMW’s future vehicles, including Megacity, and will create 80 new jobs.

Friedrich Eichiner, BMW’s finance chief, said: “Lightweight construction is a core aspect for sustainable mobility improving both fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, two key elements of our EfficientDynamics strategy.

“With using CFRP components in our Megacity Vehicle, we take sustainable mobility a step further. By combining the know how of SGL Group and our expertise in manufacturing CFRP components, we will be able to produce carbonfibre enhanced components in large volumes at competitive costs for the first time.

“This is particularly relevant for electric-powered vehicles such as the Megacity Vehicle.”

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16 April 2010

Mmmm... New Isetta anyone?.

16 April 2010

Megacity, eh...?

Smallest model, the 1-series, will be called Megacity 1

Next one up, the Megacity 2.

American version to be called Texas City.

Later versions to be built in eastern Europe, to be called East Meg 1 and 2 respectively.

After Dreddful reviews, both the '...2' models to be nuked from the range.

I'm probably the only one that knows what I'm on about, I'll get my coat.

16 April 2010

Megacity? sounds like they will be making them out of Lego!

(hey I could be onto something there.. want an open top? just remove some bricks, need an estate for the weekend? just add some more on the back)

16 April 2010

[quote Autocar]BMW has confirmed today that it will build a new carbonfibre plant [/quote]

How do you re-cycle carbonfibre panels when the vehicle reaches the end of its' life ?

16 April 2010

[quote The Apprentice]

Megacity? sounds like they will be making them out of Lego!

(hey I could be onto something there.. want an open top? just remove some bricks, need an estate for the weekend? just add some more on the back)

[/quote]

Maybe like this- couldn't get the post to stick the pic in

http://www.okino.com/tutorials/lego_car_nugraf_ray_traced_800.jpg

16 April 2010

[quote Uncle Mellow]

[quote Autocar]BMW has confirmed today that it will build a new carbonfibre plant [/quote]

How do you re-cycle carbonfibre panels when the vehicle reaches the end of its' life ?

[/quote]

Squash them in a really really big crusher and make them into diamonds :-)

or pencils

16 April 2010

If any of you have been following the Best Driving Music Ever!! Thread then you will understand jskater being very excited about the prospect of a Megacity 4! All proper past/present indie grunge types will buy in their droves!!

 NeVeR L8te Smile

16 April 2010

[quote every thing you say is right]

[quote Autocar]BMW has confirmed today that it will build a new carbonfibre plant [/quote]

How do you re-cycle carbonfibre panels when the vehicle reaches the end of its' life ?

[/quote]

They could compress it and heat it up until it becomes coal to fuel electric cars...

or oil for the petrol ones that we'll preserve.

17 April 2010

Megacity?

I think that Judge Dredd
might have something to say about that.

17 April 2010

Can someone PLEASE tell BMW that the silly name Mega City is already taken?

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